Storage beds are the answer to your small bedroom woes – and these 9 are actually stylish too

Our shopping editor's pick of 9 storage beds that are both design-forward and super functional

A storage bed in a minimalist bedroom
(Image credit: Tom Ferguson. Design: SJS Interior Design)
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I haven't looked back since ditching my standard bed frame for a storage bed. Long gone are the days when I'd shove unsightly bedroom clutter under my bed, it's now all neatly stowed away in my compact (and if I do say so myself) very organized drawers. 

While they might not have a reputation as the most aesthetic of designs, they're actually pretty great buys if you are looking to declutter a small bedroom, in need of that extra storage, and are looking to put an end to that build up of inevitable mess under your bed.

To prove storage beds can look good, I've put in the leg work to find the best examples for a modern bedroom that don't sacrifice style for functionality. 

Best wood storage bed with drawers

Best ottoman storage bed

Best upholstered divan bed

Do I really need a storage bed?

‘You can either let the underside of your bed collect dust, or you can make the most of it by storing your sundries,' says Joanna Swisterski of Toronto-based interior design studio, Swisterski Design. 'They eliminate the need for a dresser if you're tight on space.'

Which type of bed storage is best?

We need our bedrooms to work hard to provide a tranquil haven where we feel relax, and part of this is making them tidy places where mess and clutter is unlikely to accumulate. Enter the storage bed. There are three main types of storage bed. 

Ottomans have in-built spring mechanisms that allow you to use the whole footprint of the bed for bedroom storage, divans are box beds where you can use drawers for extra space for blankets, spare bedding or summer or winter clothing that needs a home for half the year. Other storage beds have wooden drawers on display where you can even create a display.

An ottoman or divan bed offers a generous solution to clutter while ensuring easy access to occasional items. An ottoman design maximizes space more as it turns the entire footprint of your bed base into a storage solution, whereas there is still some room not used if you go for the divan or drawer option. However, if it's aesthetic you're looking for, you might see the wooden bed with drawer option as more aesthetic, bringing a natural and minimalist bedroom look to the space. 

Oonagh Turner
Livingetc content editor and design expert

Oonagh is a content editor at and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.